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Daimler Loses Another Patent Case, This Time With Japan’s Sharp

Mercedes-Benz has just launched a new S-Class, and while there is a lot to be said about the flagship sedan, one of the talking points we noticed upon release is the multitude of screens found. inside the cabin. Of course, more screens, more technology, more mobile technology.

There’s only one problem, though: Daimler lost a patent file on mobile technology in its home country of Germany. And it’s not just a patent case that Daimler has lost over the past three weeks; this is the second in a row.

For those who missed the beat, Daimler lost to Nokia in a patent dispute last August. And while the Finnish company has yet to implement the ruling on the lost case, Mercedes’ parent company faces another threat by losing a similar technology patent case – this time with Sharp from Japan.

As reported by Automotive News, Daimler’s case with Sharp is similar to Nokia. Daimler has used mobile technology in its cars (although not specifically specified) without acquiring licenses from patent holders. There is a “pool of patent owners” – mostly technology companies – who are fighting for their patent rights. So far, Nokia and Sharp have won against the auto giant.

As with the Nokia decision, Sharp can impose a sales ban on Mercedes-Benz in Germany. But Daimler is not giving up the fight yet; the German brand appealed. This means that Sharp would have to post a security of 5.5 million euros ($ 6.5 billion) before it can enforce the decision – to serve as a security deposit so that if the appellant wins the case, the amount will cover the losses.

It should be noted that the collateral required for Nokia’s case was quite hefty at 7 billion euros ($ 8.3 billion). The tech company has yet to release the amount, so Daimler’s ban on sale decision has not been implemented at the time of writing.

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